Golfing & Golf in Lahinch & County Clare
With the world famous Championship Golf Course at Lahinch just minutes away and the Greg Norman Designed Doonbeg Golf Club just a short 10-minute drive, golf enthusiasts are spoiled for choice.
Lahinch Golf Club – Old Course
Established in 1892, the Lahinch Old Course is frequently referred to as the “Saint Andrews of Ireland” as it looks out on the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean and is subject to all its mood swings. It has an abundance of exceptional golf holes, where the natural terrain is utilised to optimum advantage. It hosts the south of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship annually and should be on every golfer’s itinerary.
Lahinch Golf Club – Castle Course
Situated on the opposite side of the road from the Old Course, the Castle Course, although a less formidable challenge, still presents its own brand of toughness and cleverly positioned bunkers and water hazards to trap the unsuspecting golfer.
Shannon Golf Club
An ideal starting or finishing point for your golfing holiday in Ireland, Shannon Golf Club is conveniently adjacent to Shannon Airport. It is a true test of all golfing abilities.
This highly rated parkland championship course, with some magnificent views of the Shannon Estuary, has been played by Ballesteros, Norman, Faldo, Lyle, Langer and O’Connor Jnr. Water is a feature on a number of holes and the length of many of the holes provide a stern test for even the longest hitters. It is a true test of all golfing abilities.
Doonbeg Golf Club
Chosen for his “least disturbance philosophy,” The Doonbeg golf site was designed by two time British Open Champion Greg Norman. Spanning 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century old sand dunes, the course offers views across the Atlantic from the green, the fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 holes.
Variations in wind speed and direction ensure the course plays differently each and every time. It is expected that an 18-hole round of golf at Doonbeg will take no more than 4 hours and 30 minutes. The par-72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back, playing 6,885 yards from the back tees. The most natural routing within the existing dunes resulted in an uncommon combination of five par 3′s and five par 5′s.
Shannon Swing Special
A hole in one in Ireland’s Shannon Region – Play all 3 golf courses for only €95. Shannon Swing Special entitles the holder to play a round of golf at each of the 3 following courses: Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club, Co. Clare, Ennis Golf Club, Co. Clare and Shannon Golf Club, Co. Clare. To purchase your Shannon Swing Special visit the website above.
Ireland’s Shannon Region has been carved by nature itself and its dramatic Atlantic coast-line and unspoiled greenery is the perfect setting for superb golf courses. Golfers can test their skills on the wind-swept dunes of a championship links, challenge the water-traps and other hazards of courses created by some of the world’s most famous designers, or just play a relaxing eighteen holes on a parkland of tree lined fairways.
These three courses are located less than a 20 minute drive of each other making them all the more easy to enjoy at a cost effective rate.
Shannon Swing Special
Ennis Golf Club
Ennis Golf Club, founded in 1907 and situated in County Clare, is an immaculately manicured 18-hole, par-71 parkland course. Our club is noted for its hospitality and the members and staff extend a warm welcome to visitors and societies. Our new, state-of-the-art clubhouse opened in 1999 and provides excellent bar and catering facilities. The greens will test players of all abilities.
Spanish Point Golf Club
This mature links course provides difficulties that demand accuracy from the golfer. It overlooks the beach at Spanish Point, offering fine views but also strong Atlantic winds, especially at the sixth par three. It presents a stern challenge to all categories of handicap golfers but is an enjoyable golfing experience.
Kilrush Golf Club
The “friendliest golf club in Ireland”, this course is set in a beautiful location overlooking the Shannon Estuary. It is playable all year round and offers many excellent holes where water, sand and trees combine to test the golfers skill. Visitors are always welcome and can be assured of a leisurely round of golf away from the cares of the modern world. In his design of Kilrush Golf Course, Dr Arthur Spring has created a most enjoyable and yet challenging 18-hole course with many excellent holes. The par three ninth, played from a plateau and guarded by water, sand and trees, is a truly marvellous hole, while the closing stretch into the prevailing wind is a test for the best. Experience the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of the fabulous new clubhouse and you will understand why we have earned the title of “Probably the Friendliest Golf Club in Ireland”. Societies/groups/visitors are always welcome. Distance/overseas membership rates are available. Green fees are reasonable and weekend breaks are a speciality. The club has a full bar and catering service. We are open from dusk ‘til dawn, seven days a week, all year round.
Kilkee Golf Club
This challenging links course is laid out in an idyllic setting on the cliffs of west Clare with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The spectacular third hole, where the green is perched on the point of George’s Head, merits particular note. The ever-present Atlantic breeze ensures that Kilkee will provide the golfer with a real test.
East Clare Golf Club
This golf course is set on 150 acres of unspoilt, rolling, quiet countryside, with majestic views of east Clare. The 18-hole course opened in 1997 and is very popular with visitors from overseas and from within Ireland. East Clare Golf Club operates a pay-as-you-play course and its policy is to ensure visitors are accommodated at all times. The course was designed by noted golf architect Arthur Spring. The par for the course is 71, with more than 6,500yd of fairways. Hazards include lakes, bunkers, streams and trees.
Woodstock Hotel Golf Course
Sited on 155 acres of rolling countryside, Woodstock golf course is just 3.2km (2 miles) from the centre of Ennis town. There are many interesting natural and historical features to challenge and intrigue the golfing enthusiast, such as mature lakes and an extensive river. The most captivating features of the course are the four holes where water is the principal hazard.
Dromoland Castle Golf Course
Dromoland Castle’s golf course is complimented by a truly unique practice facility, which has 10 fully automated driving bays, putting greens and bunker. All the bays are fitted with Golf-Tech’s second generation, fully automated power tees. The bunker and chipping green offer a number of lies, slopes and grass lengths to practice from. In addition to a well shaped, large greenside bunker, there is also a riveted face links style bunker, modelled on the famous road hole bunker on the 17th at Saint Andrews.